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Browns sign Pharaoh Brown to practice squad, release Pharaoh McKever

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The Cleveland Browns signed tight end Pharaoh Brown to their practice squad, then subsequently released tight end Pharaoh McKever to make roster space.

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The Cleveland Browns signed tight end Pharaoh Brown to their practice squad, then subsequently released tight end Pharaoh McKever to make roster space.

Brown, a 6-foot-6 and 258-pound tight end, was raised in Lyndhurst, Ohio. He’s also a Brush High School alum and played college football at Oregon. He totaled 70 receptions for 1,011 yards and 13 touchdowns in 36 games over his four seasons in college.

After going undrafted, Brown was signed by the Oakland Raiders and appeared in two games for the team in 2017. They waived him during final roster cuts this year.

Anyone with his size and experience is a welcome depth addition for the Browns to develop on their practice squad. Brown has excellent ball skills and has the natural power and size to be an effective blocker.

That he’s a native Northeast Ohio guy makes makes it an even more natural fit.

Also of note: the Arizona Cardinals claimed defensive lineman Ifeadi Odenigbo off waivers from the Browns. Cleveland released him last week to make roster space for new linebacker D’Juan Hines.